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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Belief in the existence of a god or gods, especially belief in a personal God as creator and ruler of the world.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Belief in the existence of a God as the Creator and Ruler of the universe.
  • noun A morbid affection resulting from the excessive use of tea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The belief or acknowledgment of the existence of a God, as opposed to atheism, pantheism, or polytheism.
  • noun (Med.) The morbid condition resulting from the excessive use of tea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun religion Belief in the existence of at least one deity.
  • noun religion Belief in the existence of a personal creator god, goddess, gods and/or goddesses present and active in the governance and organization of the world and the universe. The God may be known by or through revelation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the doctrine or belief in the existence of a God or gods

Etymologies

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Back-formation from atheism, originally from Ancient Greek θεός (Theós, "god"); see theo-. Attested in English from 1678, theist being slightly earlier, 16 years earlier in 1662.

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